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A cannon was first used as a fog signal device at Maine’s West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost lighthouse on the mainland of the United States. In 1820 the lighthouse became the first to use fog bells, and a series of different types of bells operated by various methods were experimented with at the lighthouse. In 1869 the first Daboll Trumphet Fog Whistle was installed at the lighthouse, and its blast was said to sound like one from a steam locomotive. Because of the constant fog in the area the lighthouse keeper was given extra pay to operate the various fog signal devices that were used over the years. The fog signal building, with its two protruding fog horns, is shown when the station was still staffed by lighthouse keepers. To the far right is a fog bell on display on the grounds of the light station.

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